Want to Lead the GOP? Name- Drop Reagan

Would-be RNC chairs bash forlorn party, wax poetic about the '80s
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2009 1:14 PM CST
State GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis, seen in Dearborn, Mich., Oct. 8, 2007, announced Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 that he's running to replace RNC Chairman Mike Duncan.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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(Newser) – Asked to name their favorite Republican president, the six men vying to chair the RNC delivered a unanimous verdict: Lincoln, Schmincoln—bring back the Gipper of yore, said they. At a debate yesterday, the would-be chairmen labored mightily to top each others’ love of Reagan, Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post. Each was “excited,” “inspired,” or even “moved” by Reagan. The only thing they agreed on more was how crappy the GOP’s gotten since.

“The hypocrisy has killed our party,” said one. “Who are we? What do we believe in?” asked another. And so on. “They’ve bested us … We lost our way … We had become the bums … Obama caught us with our pants down.” But don’t worry, current chairman Mike Duncan knows how to right the ship—“We have to do it in the Facebook,” he said, “with the Twittering.”